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The Government Isn’t Us

It works for us.

Dec 9, 2013, Vol. 19, No. 13 • By FRED BAUER
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The Founders and generations of Americans after them recognized the great potential of governance for advancing liberty: There’s a reason why the Founders instituted, and later generations defended, the United States as a national government. But part of realizing that potential depends upon recognizing the distinction between the institutions of government and the people. 

A watchful eye for danger and an insistence upon the difference of the people from the government serve to legitimize government. The price of liberty includes eternal suspicion of the uses to which the instruments of government are put.

Fred Bauer is a writer from New England.

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